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Zynga to offer real-money gambling in 2013

Zynga to offer real-money gambling in 2013

Enough with that silly fake money in Farmville and the lack of real-world thrills in Zynga Poker. The country's favorite social game company is looking to expand into the world of sin and will offer a poker game that allows players to gamble actual money sometime in the first half of 2013. However, don't expect it to be hosted - or perhaps even playable - in the US, where online gambling is all but expunged due to several state laws banning the practice.

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Socialmatic promises Instagram-for-real prototype by end of year

Socialmatic promises Instagram-for-real prototype by end of year

Earlier in the year, a design team called ADR Studio created a camera concept based off the Instagram icon used for iOS and Android. Now the designer of Socialmatic, Antonio De Rosa, says the concept could see a fully working prototype before the end of the year. De Rosa recently returned from Singapore where he met several manufacturers based in Hong Kong, saying that he had secured a partner that will bridge the gap between the concept and the manufacturing.

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International Olympic Committee enhances online social presence

International Olympic Committee enhances online social presence

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are going to be the most online-connected Olympics ever. That's a fact, and it's nothing worth writing an essay about because that doesn't surprise anyone. What's perhaps most interesting, though, is to see whether or not the organization that runs the international games is keeping up with the incredible social presence that the next few months will have.

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Autodesk buys Socialcam in $60m deal

Autodesk buys Socialcam in $60m deal

3D design software pioneer Autodesk announced today that it has agreed to buy mobile video start-up Socialcam for around $60 million. The deal will likely close sometime within the next 30 days, and afterward, it sounds like Socialcam will still retain a large amount of its independence. That doesn't mean that Autodesk isn't going to focus on beefing up Socialcam's service, however, with the company saying that it intends to develop "a more comprehensive set of tools" for Socialcam's tens of millions of users.

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Facebook acquires Spool team and shuts down legacy apps

Facebook acquires Spool team and shuts down legacy apps

Facebook has acquired the team behind Spool, a company that offers free iOS and Android apps that allow users to bookmark web content and view it later offline. This is just the latest in Facebook's line of mobile and social acquisitions as it attempts to cash in on the increasing number of Facebook users who are accessing the site through smartphones and tablets. The price Facebook paid for the Spool team was not disclosed during the announcement of the acquisition.

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Doctors: Facebook, Skype lead to plastic surgery rise

Doctors: Facebook, Skype lead to plastic surgery rise

A lot of the discussion about the rise in social networking tends to shift toward the subject of users being divorced from real life, sitting at home instead of going out and actually meeting people. One would assume this would lead to a society where vanity and looks don't seem as important, but in fact it's exactly the opposite that seems to be true.

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Oracle continues social media binge with Involver buyout

Oracle continues social media binge with Involver buyout

Cloud-based software company Oracle is apparently serious about hitting the social media scene hard, announcing today that it has purchased Involver, a company that specializes in the development of customized social media campaigns. This marks Oracle's third social media acquisition in the past two months, so Oracle will soon be ready to offer its customers a range of social media services alongside the cloud-based software services it already provides. The price Oracle paid to acquire Involver is still unknown.

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Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Waze has passed the 20 million user mark. If you haven’t heard of Waze, and you drive any sort of vehicle at all, then you should get on board. It’s a unique ‘social GPS’ platform that allows drivers to share data about things like traffic congestion, speed traps, accidents, gas prices, and all sorts of other handy features.

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